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Thread: What do I need to know? Possible Featherweight Purchase

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    What do I need to know? Possible Featherweight Purchase

    I came across a Featherweight for sale on my local KIJIJI

    Excellent working condition - these machines are coveted by quilters - 3 different sets shown in photos..
    $325.00 Canadian.

    Of course, I will need to sew on it, but what else should I be asking before I even go to see it? Looking at the other FW's for sale this seems like a decent price if it is in excellent condition.

    The reasons I would want one would be because I could take it to classes and I'd love to have it in my sewing room in a place of honour.

    Any comments and advice appreciated.

    Watson

    PS...here's the ad.... https://www.kijiji.ca/v-hobbies-craf...sale/289075578

    There is also another one said to be in mint condition with a box of extras but I haven't heard back from them yet. They didn't mention if it was in working condition.
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    Original bobbin case, bobbins, accessories, wires/wire insulation not frayed/worn/crumbling, no pin rash on arm, no funky smell?
    All of these can be remedied, but it is a matter of more money and/or time. Otherwise, good bargaining points. Original bobbin cases are expensive, and somewhat uncommon.

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    Make certain the case doesn't need a lock attachment replaced. I had the choice of one that was perfect and a cheaper one that only needed the latch replaced. People pry them open and break the latch when they lose the key. Oh the struggles to replace that latch. I went with new latches for security but paid more than the perfect one in the end.

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    That funky smell is a booger. I had a funky smelling case and it took forever to get rid of the smell. I finally put newspaper, cat litter and charcoal in it and left it in a car all summer. I think it worked. I sold the machine.

    bkay

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    If they can't give you clear photos I would not be interested.

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    ​That isn’t a bad price if it sews well. Too much if the case is funky.

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    If it's local I would go check it out. For that price I would expect everything to be in good working condition. My experience is they all need a good clean up, oiling and a polish.
    Last edited by Mickey2; 12-18-2018 at 02:28 PM.

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    How much is $325.00 in US dollars?
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    That's $240.00 US.

    Watson

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    Go get it Watson. They are about $500 here. They are easy to maintain. If I can do it anyone can because I am NOT mechanical. I love to hear them”hum” and they are easy to take to classes, etc. I have 2..a 1946 Black named “Aunt Gertie” and a Red 1941 named”Ruby Baby”. They are simply beautiful!
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    Watson, I looked at the ad and it looks good to me for that price.
    They are very easy to maintain.

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    I guess the sellers are in no hurry, because one didn't answer after the first time I asked for the year or a serial number and the other said they were busy and would get back to me.

    I guess the machines have sat around this long...they aren't going bad.

    Watson

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    That doesn't seem like a bad price, but if you look around you may be able to find one cheaper. I got my non-working white FW for $50 at an estate sale. It took me one day to get things moving and it's sews perfectly. You do take a chance with a non working machine, but FW's are pretty basic and I decided it was worth it. My husband said the machine was so cute it was worth $50 even if it never worked just to sit on the shelf!

    I should add that I did look for over a year to find this one and felt lucky that it didn't take me longer to find a white one even in a large metropolitan area.
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    I would be lost without my manual, a bargaining point if you have to buy one. I have had mine for 2 years but paid $225. in B.C. Are they selling for that price in your area. I notice the ad was posted over a month ago, perhaps you can bargain.

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    Checkout Nova Montgomery’s website. Many repairs and maintenance items can be done yourself. I have two featherweights. They do require frequent oiling and occasional lubing. They have a beautiful straight stitch, but no other stitches. Featherweight machines are not light compared to today’s machines. Although mine have original cases, I choose to use a rolling suitcase when I take them to classes. When they were manufactured, they were created with two different electrical types. One for the USA and one for England. Make sure that yours will be appropriate for you. I love my machines.

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    So, while I'm waiting for a machine to come along, are these the right feet for it? Seems like a good deal if they are..... https://www.kijiji.ca/v-hobbies-craf...ationFlag=true

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    I think that is a fantastic price. Funky smells can go away. The Featherweight shop has videos to help you with any problems and they are quick to answer any questions. Am not part of staff there but they have helped me with my Featherweight.

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    I'm sure you could find a manual somewhere online or even places like Ebay.

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    More questions.....This seller has 4 FW.....I looked up the serial numbers and 2 are from 1949, 1 from 1951...those were made in Scotland and one is from 1946, made in NJ.

    Are there any reasons I should look more closely at one over the other?

    Are the ones that are built in Scotland made for North American outlets?

    I'm going to have my husband come with me...he's an engineer so he'll be able to check out the electrical part.

    Watson

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    Quote Originally Posted by SusieQOH View Post
    I'm sure you could find a manual somewhere online or even places like Ebay.
    You can get them from Singer.com, I think. It seems like I got one there and downloaded it to my computer so I can print out pages that I want.
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    Watson, I'm thinking the 1951 is the Centennial model? Someone correct me if I'm wrong. Having said this though, I don't know if that makes it "worth more".
    And Patrice is right- I've found manuals for various older Singers on the website free.

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    That post has been up for years... either they are junk machines or they are a draw for something else... like a "junk" shop...
    They never replied to me either.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cari-in-Oly View Post
    Watson - The UK machine will most likely be correct for the US unless it was made for UK use and either needs a converter to use here or was retro fitted with a US motor and plug. Many of the vintage Singers were built in the Clyde Bank factory for export to other countries.

    Susie - The 1951 machine may or may not have the Centennial badge. Every Singer dealer was sent a certain amount of Centennial badges to put on their machines, and there are documented machines having the badge in a range of years, from 1947 to 1953. The theory is that after the Centennial year dealers started putting leftover badges on older stock (and any new machines) to get the old stock moving. I think back then people didn't think to check what year the machine they wanted was actually made, and the serial number lists weren't available to the general public back then. If it had the Centennial badge then it must be a Centennial machine, or that's what the dealers wanted people to think.

    Cari
    Cari- thanks so much for that info. I don't know much about the history. Now I know a bit more!

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